Sure, we’ve all seen custom guitars before, but hand-painted guitars are a whole other level of custom—especially Nicole Beauchaine’s.
Her art represents her charming and whimsical personality, and her customized guitars make you feel that some great stories have inspired them.
I walked up the blue, curved staircase to her room, where the yellow wall held a mural she created. Beauchaine’s inspirations are evident in her drawings. “Visual artists like Degas and Munch have always inspired me because of their movement and color choices,” she said. “Radiohead has been one of my favorites since I was 17. I went through a lot of personality changes, and they always had an album I could connect with.”
Beauchaine is a natural storyteller, and she makes you feel like an old friend coming to visit. “I studied art history at Salem State University, where I graduated in 2010,” she said. “I was interested in art and color when I was young, and polished my skills in college.” She worked at Guitar Center for a while, a perfect fit since considering she’s played guitar since she was 16. Since she was an art major, she says she was basically “drawing on everything.” On the way home one night, she found an acoustic guitar on the side of the road.
She took it home, painted it, and fell in love with it. That was four or five years ago, and she hasn’t stopped painting guitars since.
And that’s just one of the great stories that her art connects its viewers to; you can feel a different tale in each piece.
Beauchaine’s guitars will be on display at Station 8 Salon in Jamaica Plain for the month of June, and she welcomes commissions through her site.
However you see her work, she’s a Boston artist to watch.